The study conluded that the TM program was effective as a workplace wellness program to improve emotional intelligence and reduce perceived stress in employees.
by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
25 November 2018
School district staff who practiced the Transcendental Meditation technique for four months had significant improvements in emotional intelligence and perceived stress, according to a new randomized controlled trial published in The Permanente Journal.
Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to perceive emotions in oneself and others, and to use that content to build healthy relationships.
Coauthored by Maharishi University of Management (MUM) professors Maxwell Rainforth and Sandy Nidich, the randomized, controlled study involved 96 central office staff at the San Francisco Unified School District.
“Workers, especially in our school districts, are under a growing amount of stress and asked every day to find solutions to increasingly complex problems,” said Laurent Valosek, lead author of the study and executive director of the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education.
“This study demonstrates the benefits of meditation in the workplace. And with a growing body of research on the value of emotional intelligence and the harmful effects of psychological stress, organizations are looking to give their employees tools for reducing stress and developing emotional competencies like centeredness, self-awareness, and empathy.”
The study can be viewed online.
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